Toves, two others beat foes by UD


Khalil “K-Nunu” Toves, top, pounds away against the almost helpless John Tudela in their 155-lb bout in last Friday’s Trench Warz 19: No Turning Back at the Saipan World Resort’s Royal Taga Hall. (Jon Perez)

Khalil “K-Nunu” Toves led two other mixed martial arts fighters that defeated their respective foes by unanimous decision in last Friday night’s Trench Warz 19: No Turning Back at the Saipan World Resort’s Royal Taga Hall.

Toves, along with Trench Tech’s “Sloppy” Joe Lee and Mike “One Strike” Muna, pumped up the crowd with their aggressiveness and punching power in three of the last seven undercard bouts.

The Guam Muay Thai bet Toves earned the nod of the three judges which scored his fight against Marianas Elite’s John Tudela, 30-27.

Toves and Tudela, after briefly assessing each other, went at it with the former managing to slam his opponent twice before securing a full mount and pounded away.

Tudela tried to keep his defense even with Toves hammering away. He seemed on his way to losing via referee stoppage but was saved by the bell to end the first round.

Tudela fought back in the second round but Toves always had the chance to wiggle away out of trouble. The bell again saved him just when Toves was again launching a barrage of hits.

It was an all Toves show in the third with the three judges giving him the UD win.

Lee, who was making his mixed martial arts debut, used his height and reach advantage to the hilt in beating independent fighter Derrick Asao. All three judges also scored the fight, 30-27, for the Trench Tech bet.

The 6’2” Lee was the busier between the two fighters as he launched a number of combinations that clearly found its mark. He pushed Asao a number of times to the corner were he released a flurry of punches that his opponent tried to get out of.

Lee kept on moving that confused Asao as the South Korean chose to maximize the entire area of the eight-sides.

Most of the time, Asao kept his distance and moved away from Lee’s advances.

Muna also completed a UD win over Guam Muay Thai’s Justing “Ichi” Banger Quichocho based on a 30-27 score from the two judges, while the third gave him a 29-28 tally.

Lucas “The Irish Zombie” Nutting made true to his word of beating Jones Langu in their undercard after forcing his opponent to tap out by way of Kimurawith two minutes left in the first round.

Nutting, after the win, announced that it was his last fight as he wants to concentrate on his studies so he could work and provide for his family.

Marc “Dos Equis” Vidaurri defeated Al “Super” Manglona after two rounds via referee stoppage after the latter was no longer retaliating on the Guam Muay Thai bet’s attacks. The official time was 1:35 in the second round.

Keith “K Oz” Ogo earned his first win after two fights as Jamaal “The Striker” Mresbang was disqualified for an illegal hit.

Mresbang landed an unintentional elbow at the back of Mresbang’s head that got the Luta Top Team fighter winded. Mresbang was disqualified for that illegal hit.

Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez began his writing career as a sports reporter in the Philippines where he has covered local and international events. He became a news writer when he joined media network ABS-CBN. He joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, while in college.

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